Borderline Personality Disorder Topic Guide
Borderline Personality Disorder: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by impulsivity, unstable moods, relationships, and self-image. Symptoms include desperate attempts to prevent real or imagined abandonment, repeated suicidal thoughts or behaviors, or self-mutilation (for example, cutting or burning themselves), unstable and intense relationships with others that alternate between seeing the other person as flawless and as worthless, persistent feelings of emptiness, trouble controlling anger, and short-lived episodes of paranoia or dissociation that are caused by stress. Treatment usually involves some form of psychotherapy, and medications can be helpful in reducing some of the specific mood symptoms of BPD.
Anxiety Anxiety as a medical condition is characterized by worry, fear, nervousness, shortness of breath, sleep problems and other symptoms. Diarrhea, tremors and rapid heart rate are some physical symptoms of severe anxiety, which may arise from a mental or physical condition, drug use, or some combination of these causes. Treatment can include medication and psychotherapy.